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Partridge Pea
Chamaecrista fasciculata

Partridge Pea is a pioneer species good for disturbed sites and restorations, holding the soil and preventing weeds until deeper-rooted perennials take over. A favorite of bees and other pollinators.

USDA symbol: CHFA2

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1 to 2 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorYellow
Partridge Pea (Partridge Pea<div><em class="small">Chamaecrista fasciculata</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to September
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityHigh
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionAbsent


CountyAnoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Nicollet, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Prairie Parkland